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Special Feature:
Billionaires
March 24, 2014
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The 6-cover 2014 "Billionaires" Special Edition has the most records ever.  More newcomers, more women, and the highest entry wealth than ever before.  Plus, meet Jan Koum and get an inside look at the Facebook/Whatsapp megadeal that created the greatest rags-to-riches story in U.S. history.

 

FACT AND COMMENT- Steve Forbes

Ukraine: A mistake Moscow will regret.

 

LEADERBOARD

MEET THE TOP 50

Life is good among the 0.00000%

 

SCORECARD

The rich get richer.

 

SAFE HAVENS

Foreign billionaires have been snapping up U.S. properties.

 

CHARLIE ERGEN’S WINNING BETS

He rose from blackjack hustler to media king with bold gambles and shrewd hedges.

 

BILLIONS BEHIND BARS

The plutocrats in the pokey.

 

THE LONG GAME

A hall of fame: the 23 billionaires who’ve made the cut since we started counting in 1987.

 

AND AWAY THEY GO

The billionaires who fell off this year’s list.

 

THE BILLIONAIRES

CALLING THE AMERICAN DREAM- Parmy Olson

Jan Koum came to the U.S. with nothing. Twenty years later Mark Zuckerberg is giving him $6.8 billion. The inside story of the greatest tech deal of the century.

 

OLIGARCH IN THE MIDDLE- Katya Soldak

As Russian troops roll in, Ukraine’s second-richest man, Victor Pinchuk, must choose between his head and his heart.

 

OTTO VS. AMAZON- Adam Tanner

The world’s second-largest online retailer is losing ground to the cutthroat web tycoon hell-bent for his customers. No matter. Michael Otto would rather lose with class than compromise his values.

 

HOUSE ADVANTAGE- Lucinda Schmid with Dorothy Pomerantz

The legendary Kerry Packer lost a big chunk of his fortune at America’s gambling tables. His son, James, has hit the jackpot by owning the casinos. Now he’s rolling the dice on Hollywood.

 

THE RIDDLE OF ALEXANDER VIK- Nathan Vardi

There may be no one on our list who is more of a Renaissance man than Alexander Vik. But the most interesting part of Vik’s story- the business dealings that built his empire, leaving a trail of angry investors- has never been told. Until now.

 

THE CLASS OF 2014 LEANS IN- Connie Guglielmo

The biggest group of women billionaires swells their ranks of record highs. Leading the charge: a Facebook billionaire who wants more women to follow in her shoes.

 

WEALTH ALAMANC

Our list lays out who has what country by country and where each of the billionaires ranks in the global-wealth pecking order.

 

THOUGHTS

From billionaires past and present.